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July 2016
Big Thief
"Masterpiece
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Throughout Masterpiece, the humbly sublime debut album from Brooklyn folk-rock quartet Big Thief, love braves through woe. As sung by the ever welcoming Adrienne Lenker, these painful yet vital songs near a height of beauty that reminds one of music’s transcendent power.

Following the nimble opener “Little Arrow,” the album starts its raw power with “Masterpiece” (streaming below), the rollicking single that deservedly drew attention a few months back with its panoramic view of searching souls. Like Bob Dylan’s generation-defining “Like a Rolling Stone” from the 1960s, this guitar-trickled song is both addicting and elegant, rough and pretty and, ultimately, lasting in its sheer soulfulness.

A series of lyrically vivid tracks named after potential lovers (“Paul” and “Randy,” for example) follows next, alongside guitar-winded cuts that briskly tackle such elusive motifs as romance and the transience of time, emitting an overall beatific aura in the process.

The type of record that has the possibility of transporting the listener to a calmer, perhaps better plain of existence, Masterpiece is not just the first offering from an intriguing new band but a preciously passionate work in and of itself. – Zach Weg

 
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Slow Sugar releases single 'Pieces,' performs at Rockwood Music Hall on 10.4

Despite the word “slow” in their moniker, NYC based duo band Slow Sugar is reeling in listeners at supersonic speed with the release of their single “Pieces” (streaming below). Following the triumphant debut of “Hypnotic Love” (also streaming, released about a month ago), “Pieces” will drown your ears in a sea of rich harmonics born from cascading chord progressions, a sonorous, downtempo beat, and Danielle Harris' sensual, soulful vocals. Catch them live at Rockwood Music Hall on October 4 and get ready—an EP is underway. - Ashley Muniz

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Uni Ika Ai unveils video for 'Soft in Ice'

We called Brooklyn's Uni Ika Ai (pronounced: oo-knee ee-kuh eye) "dream pop' in July, but their new single 'Soft in Ice,' whose video we are streaming below, paints a more complex picture, one of a band not afraid to experiment with not so popular BPMs (the plodding "mid tempo") and harmonic content (dissonance, noise, and an initial melody that's not exactly a ray of sunshine), but still able to resolve these dark tensions through a chorus that delivers a big "prog-chestral" melodic opening, leading to a dissonant distorted sax solo that David Bowie would have loved to hear. The black and white (but mostly black) visuals beautifully underline the existential content of the lyrics. This would definitely be a candidate to be our video of the month if we only had such a thing!


Psych Rock band we dig: BIRDS - live at Union Pool on 10.09

With a name bound to trigger confusion (not only with a similarly named bands from the '60s... check out this Spotify profile!), Brooklyn's Birds channel a sound more than slightly influenced by the imaginative '90s psych rock of The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, bands that for truly incomprehensible reasons have been left behind in the recent '90s rock revival (for the unaware, at the time The Flaming Lips were a different band than they are now). The crooked distorted sliding guitars and bizarre vocal melodies of tracks like Fade (streaming) or Behind You immediately brought smiles to our faces, sending us on a mental journey back to our vynil filled early twenties. If it's true that all new music is a re-elaboration of music of the past (and true it is) Birds can enjoy the advantage of a sound influenced by great records not many other current emerging bands seem fond of. And that's one reason why we are so excited about them. Check them out live at Union Pool on October 9th.


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